Detroit Branch NAACP Young Adult Committee is Ready to Make A Change

April 19, 2012, the Detroit Branch NAACP Young Adult Committee met to set its path for the upcoming year and beyond. Members of the committee are extremely concerned about out impact in the lives of young people as we provide mentorship for young children and strategic programming to attract young adults to the Association.

As we lay out our calendar of events for the year we highly encourage others to become involved. Thus far the committee has adopted that our objectives will address the need for economic and educational reform, while focusing on mentorship to our youth council and addressing health issues in our community. We encourage members to work in areas they are passionate about and provide a support system to help them make a difference.

The Young Adult Committee meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 6:00pm at the Detroit Branch NAACP office (8220 Second Ave. Detroit, MI 48202.)

Detroit Youth Council Votes on Amendment to Change Gun Laws

On April 17th, 2012 the Detroit NAACP Youth Council held their bi-weekly meeting. During the meeting, Antashe Howard gave a report on the conference call held on April 16th, 2012 at 7:30pm. The body passed a motion to have members of the juvenile justice committee write a proposal in support of changing the “Stand your Ground” law in Florida.

The youth council also discussed their participation in the event Stops, Cops and Americas Addiction to Incarceration scheduled for May 5, 2012. That Saturday, the Thurgood Marshall Social Justice Advocacy Project of the Detroit Branch NAACP will present a special national forum “Stops, Cops, and America’s Addiction to Incarceration.”  This forum will be held at the COBO Convention Center from 10:00am-1:00pm.

The forum will have many special guests such as: the Office of the US Attorney for the Eastern District headed by Barbara McQuade, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Edward Ewell, the Detroit Police Department, Michigan State Police, Detroit Public Schools, NAACP Youth Council, Real Times Media and a host of others. They will be focusing on the topics of Know Your Rights, Traffic Stops, Street Stops, and Domestic Disputes. Additionally they will focus on why America has the world’s highest incarceration rate in the state of Michigan and the highest rate in the United States. We invite middle and high school students for this free event.

The next Youth Council meeting will be held on May 2, 2012 at the Detroit Branch NAACP office at 6:00 P.M. Come join us and bring a friend!

Submitted by: Naudia Harrison 11th grader at West Bloomfield High School & Detroit Youth Council Member

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Keynote Speaker for 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

On Friday, April 20 the Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce the Keynote Speaker for the 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP announced that United States Attorney General Eric Holder will serve as this year’s Keynote Speaker. The 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner is Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit. Attorney General Holder joins a long line of distinguished Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Keynote Speakers that began with the Honorable Thurgood Marshall. Tickets for the Dinner are on sale now.

In addition to announcing the keynote speaker, Rev. Anthony also provided details for “Stops, Cops and America’s Addiction to Incarceration”. This National Forum, sponsored by the Detroit Branch NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Social Justice Advocacy Project and Detroit NAACP Youth Council, will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at Cobo Conference Center as well. The first half of the forum will address what to do during traffic stops, street stops and domestic disputes. The second half of the forum will address will provide facts and dialogue about the growing prison industrial complex.

For more information about the 57th Annual fight For Freedom Fund Dinner or the national forum please call 313-871-2087.

57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner All-Star Cast Announced

Keynote Speaker: Eric Holder, Attorney General, United States of America

Lifetime Acheivement Awardee: Rev. Julius Ceasar Hope, National Religious Affairs Director, NAACPFreedom & Justice Awardee: Rachel Maddow, Host, The rachel Maddow ShowFreedom & Justice Awardee: Maureen Taylor, State Chairperson, Michigan Welfare Rights OrganizationGreat Expectations Awardee: Rhonda Walker, News Anchor and Founder, WDIV and The Rhonda Walker FoundationGreat Expectations Awardee: Atty. Nabih Ayad, Founder, Arab American Civil Rights LeagueSpecial Guest: Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard Law School

The 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, the largest of its kind in the world announces its 2012 Keynote Speaker- Eric Holder, Attorney General, United States of America and Lifetime Achievement Awardee- Rev. Julius Ceasar Hope, National Religious Affairs Director, NAACP, Freedom and Justice Awardees- Maureen Taylor, State Chairperson, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Rachel Maddow, Host, The Rachel Maddow Show, Great Expectation Awardees- Rhonda Walker, News Anchor and Founder, WDIV and The Rhonda Walker Foundation, Atty. Nabih Ayad, Founder, Arab American Civil Rights League and Special Guest- Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard Law School.

57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner
May 6, 2012
5:00pm
Cobo Conference Center – Detroit, Michigan

For more information or to purchase tickets today please call the Detroit Branch NAACP at (313) 871-2087.

Detroit Branch NAACP Guest On Internet Radio

Interest in the Detroit Branch NAACP Climate Equity work extends all the way to Little Rock, Arkansas.

With excited curiosity about greening Detroit, guest host Mina Collins regularly welcomes Climate Equity and Sustainability Manager, Simone Lightfoot to KABF radio Let’s Talk Clean and Green. Most recently, the two discussed environmental justice, health related issues concentrated in urban centers and the African-American community.

Transmitting 100,000 mega watts, with 250,000 listeners, the show is broadcast from a community radio station that has been on air for over 25 years and can be heard in the surrounding states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Oklahoma as well as by internet in about 133 countries.

Detroit Branch NAACP and The National Wildlife Federation Join For Leaders Luncheon

The Detroit Branch NAACP joined the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) for a timely and insightful gathering of some of Detroit’s most respected energy and environmental leaders and practitioners, for a learning lunch.

Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director, Donnell White and Climate Equity and Sustainability Manager, Simone Lightfoot joined the President & CEO of NWF, Mr. Larry Schweiger and members of his Great Lakes Regional staff to welcome guests.

Attendees shared the progress, potential, benefits and barriers to improving climate change preparedness, air, water, infrastructure and transportation quality for the city of Detroit. The group also discussed next step efforts.

Invited guests included representatives from the Wayne County Executives office, the Detroit City Council, the Sierra Club, Detroiters Working For Environmental Justice, Michigan Environmental Council, Energy Efficiency & Environmental Health Services – Task Force and others.

Detroit Branch NAACP Testifies Before EPA: Support Increased Fuel Standards

As the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) coordinated the first of three national, public hearings to enable the production of a new generation of clean vehicles, the Detroit Branch NAACP was there.

The Detroit Branch NAACP engaged our climate equity network of community and labor leaders, elected officials, civil rights and environmental justice advocates to attend, testify and demonstrate support for the proposed 2017-2025 automotive fuel emission standards.

The standing room only crowd filled the hearing room at the Marriott Courtyard Detroit as about 100 individuals — ranging from citizens to automotive executives were scheduled to speak beginning at 10 a.m. The hearing was extended through at least 7:30 p.m. to accommodate testimony from the large number of speakers.

The new corporate average fuel economy or CAFÉ standards, are for model-year 2017-25 vehicles.  These proposed standards would require automakers to work toward producing a fleet that averages 54.5 miles per gallon of gasoline or 163 grams/mile of carbon dioxide with vehicle models. The proposed standards would accommodate the size of the vehicle allowing automakers to continue to make all sizes and shapes.

The participation of the Detroit Branch NAACP provided essential front line perspective and support for greater fuel efficiency and less green house gas (carbon) emissions as the EPA moves toward final fuel emission standards.

Detroit Branch NAACP Climate Equity Manager Named 2012 Woman of Excellence

Simone Lightfoot, Green and Climate Equity

Simone Lightfoot, Climate Equity manager- 2012 Women of Excellence Honoree

Detroit Branch NAACP Climate Equity and Sustainability Manager, Simone Lightfoot, was recently honored as a 2012 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence for her conservation and sustainability work in post-industrial urban centers.

The only green honoree, Lightfoot was among 50 phenomenal women recognized for their professional stature, poise, and grace while maintaining the delicate balance between their personal, professional and community roles.

The Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Award celebrates local African-American women who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements and participation in community service.  The women chosen for this award champion economic empowerment, serve as the backbone of our religious and educational organizations and a driving forces in politics and community service.

Detroit Branch NAACP Asked To Help Craft Detroit Sustainability Plan

The Detroit Branch NAACP has been tapped to join the efforts of the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative, an alliance of community based energy and environmental experts focused on reducing green house gases and crafting a sustainability plan for the city of Detroit.

Based on our Climate Equity success, proven managerial and collaborative experience and broad reach, the Branch will assist DCAC in several key areas. From refining their goals, research strategy and indicators to proposing data sources, helping establish benchmarking baseline assessments and identifying targets for mitigation and adaptation guidelines.

The Detroit Branch NAACP will help look at indicator values in reference communities, define and identify local characteristics and prioritize short-term (1-5 years) and long-term (5+ years) recommendations and action. The Detroit Branch NAACP will also help develop implementation measures, recommendation language and help provide strategic, political and community engagement direction.

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Awardees and Special Guest

2/17/2012 Press Conference

Tuesday, April 17, 2012- The Detroit Branch NAACP announces its all-star line-up for the 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Seated: Rhonda Pugh, Vice President, First Independence Bank, Katelyn Jackson, Manager, Public Relations & Communications The Coca-Cola Company, Vivian Pickard, President, GM Foundation, Director, Corporate Relations, GM Company and Karla Hall, Vice President DTE Energy Foundation Standing: Hiram Jackson, CEO Real Times Media (left), Miguel Foster, Director UAW Civil Rights Department, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP, Kirk Lewis, Deputy Mayor, City of Detroit, Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP

On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 the Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce the Awardees and Special Guest for the 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The following awardees and special guest were announced by Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony:

2012 James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Rev. Dr. Julius C. Hope
Pastor, New Grace Missionary Baptist Church & NAACP National Director Department of Religious Affairs

2012 Great Expectations Awardee
Atty. Nabih Ayad
Founder, Arab American Civil Rights League

2012 Great Expectations Awardee
Rhonda Walker
Founder and President, Rhonda Walker Foundation

2012 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee
Rachel Maddow
Host, “The Rachel Maddow Show”

2012 Mary White Ovington Freedom and Justice Awardee
Maureen Taylor
State Chairperson, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

Special Guest
Professor Charles Ogletree
Harvard Law School

Joining President, Rev. Anthony and Executive Director, Donnell R. White during the press conference were Centennial and Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Chairs and Detroit’s Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis.